General Report on Compliance in Economic Policy Coordination

Fabian Amtenbrink and René Repasi were presenting at the annual reunion of the 'European Group of Public Law' on 11 September in Spetses (Greece) on behalf of EURO-CEFG a general report on 'The powers of the Union in the European economic governance: New transfers of sovereignty'.

The report focussed on the lack of compliance of Member States with economic and fiscal policy goals set by the EU. Being inspired by research made by the international law and relations literature, the rapporteurs developped a new model on how to assess the phenomenon of lacking compliance in EMU. The two researchers found out that one of the reasons is the lack of means addressing a Member State's incapacity to comply with economic and fiscal policy objectives set by the EU. The current framework focusses on so-called voluntary non-compliance of Member States which assumes that non-compliance is the result of the lack of political will of a Member State. According to the rapporteurs' research, there are more reasons for non-compliance such as, in particular, economic or administrative incapacity to comply. In order to increase compliance, we therefore suggest to include into the legal framework of the EMU compliance mechanisms that aim at capacity-building.

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